Among those 14 expatriated Democrats Fred Risser is an outstanding person. Senator Risser has served Wisconsin for 55 years in the legislature and is the longest serving state legislator in American political history. When in 2009 the Freiburg-Madison Gesellschaft had organized a trip to Madison Senator Risser - then 81 years old - showed us his working place in the Capitol and explained to us the working of the two chamber legislature on the State and Federal level. Nobody could foresee that this personality now "hides" in Illinois out of the range of Wisconsin troopers who received order to "escort" at least one Democrat Senator back into Wisconsin's Senate Chamber.
|State Senator Fred Risser, primary democratic rock, addresses us visitors at Madison's Capitol in 2009 ending a tour of the building arranged by the Mayor's wife Dianne right to him.|